For those who do not know me I am Maj (Retd) Paul Moore previously of 9 Para Sqn RE and 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment. I served with 3 Para in the Falklands in 1982 as a young LCpl and my Section Commander – Cpl Scott Wilson – was killed during the battle for Mount Longdon.
I intend to visit the known gravesites of members of 3 Para who were killed in the Falklands war of 1982. I am taking this on as a personal pilgrimage, but also in order to raise funds for the South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA) in recognition of the good work they continue to do with, and on behalf of, all Falklands Veterans.
Please see the attached spreadsheet for the detailed plan.
It is intended to start the ride in Durham (as that is where I am based) on Monday 01 July and move around the UK in an anti-clockwise direction, ultimately ending up in Aldershot Military Cemetery on Friday 05 July where the majority of Airborne Forces fallen lie. (The advantage of these dates is that it puts me in the right place for the unveiling of the Airborne Statue the following day on 06 July) It will be kept simple. All I intend to do at each grave location is to place a simple named wooden cross, have a few quiet moments of reflection and move on. I have allocated 30 minutes at each location but this can be flexible eg. if there are family there we will spend longer etc.
On the return journey north the following week I also intend to visit the graves of Sgt Micheal Willet GC 3 Para and WO2 Peter Fenty 9 Para Sqn RE.
I am hoping that other members of the Airborne Riders will join me at certain parts of the route or locations, and possibly offer some overnight accommodation on the couple of nights where overnight stops are required. I’ll have a tent so camping is fine.
have opened a JustGiving Page as suggested on the SAMA website with a target of £1000: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/airborneriders3parafallen?fbclid=IwAR0axqtVivpDQAuosQrgWxoY9VA7voLKDSr_g2JNBQkKiGnK88uPIkTsJJg&utm_campaign=pfp-share&utm_content=AirborneRiders3ParaFallen&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_source=Facebook